October 17, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
October 20, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am 
"Stop Assuming the Chicken's Motives"
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Religious Education Classes 10:00am-10:55am 
 
Share the Plate:       
The Share the Plate recipient for October is the Travis Audubon Baker Sanctuary. Travis Audubon was founded in 1952 by visionary Central Texans who recognized the vital connection between conserving wildlife habitat and the ecological balance necessary for healthy, sustainable, and habitable communities. They are a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt status, governed by a 12-person Board of Directors and managed by a full-time Executive Director. Many of their programs and activities are organized and led by a dedicated, experienced, and highly skilled corps of volunteers. Their outreach programs strive to educate the community about the vital connection between conservation and sustainable, healthy human habitats. Supporting Travis Audubon gives you a voice for conservation, education, and advocacy.

  (In September, we raised $645.74 for Texas Gun Sense)    
 
Love Notes  
Each month, there will be a different group at Live Oak featured in our "Love Notes" appreciation program. You're encouraged to grab one of those pink sheets and let the group know how much you appreciate what they contribute to Live Oak life.  October love notes will be for our Membership team.  Please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
A Forest of Poems
 
Leave a few minutes early for work. Bring your coffee, and your soul, for a solitary "poetry reading."  Read more  
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Adult Class: A Good Death
...we are all mortal and death can come at any time for ourselves or for a loved one. Read more    
 
A Few Words from the Music Director... 
Time to start holiday music!
October 27th and November 24th are both days which allow time for kids to practice music in the sanctuary between services. The RE program is flexible those days, so from 10-10:25, we will sing in the sanctuary. I have a solstice piece for children called "Moonlight Whispers", to be performed on Dec. 8th in church. Also, the children's pageant on Dec 15 will have songs that we can practice. MP3 recordings will be made, but it's always good to work in person too! 
Special Notices
Potluck on Sunday 
"Linger Longer" Sundays are back!
Join us after second service on 10/20 for a potluck out on the picnic tables. Let's play some games and enjoy good company. Bring something* to share!

*Chips and drinks count if you aren't able to cook
   
 
Newsletter Editor-in-Chief Sought
Good with words? Have ideas about how to spruce up and produce our weekly newsletter? We are looking for a new Editor. If you might be interested, email minister@liveoakuu.org for more details.  
 
A LOT OF ACTIVITY WITH CAPITAL FUND
The Capital Fund Committee met and there was a lively discussion about the future of the church. Please review the meeting notes to be brought up to date.  - CT Goss, Leader, Capital Fund Committee 
 
Bylaws Amendment Process
In our process of updating the LOUU bylaws, we're now looking at the first two articles. Read about it here.   
 
Invitation to the Red Bench October 17 
Join a civil conversation on "forgiveness" with people from many faiths
The next Hill Country Red Bench conversation is on October 17, 2019, at the Islamic Center of Brushy Creek in Cedar Park. The topic is "forgiveness"; 
time is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Center is located at 1950 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613.  The evening will begin with a light meal. Everyone sits at tables with a table host who facilitates the conversation. For more information, check out the iAct webpage, iact@interfaithtexas.org, or Rev. Betty's office.  
 
Outreach Endowment Update 
The Outreach Endowment Committee received 11 applications this year - the most we've ever received! The next step is to present our recommendations to the Board for their final approval. Thanks to everyone for getting the word out and encouraging organizations to apply!
 
 
 
HELP DISTRIBUTE FOOD TO OUR NEIGHBORS
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday.
Please volunteer to help with the following tasks: 
* Friday, October 18th @ 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Live Oak parking lot. This is when we distribute the food to our neighbors. Volunteers are needed to set up and take down the tables, help with the selection of food, and help carry food to our neighbors cars. You do not need to remain the entire 2 & 1/2 hours.  
Your help is needed!  
Any questions please contact Donna Durbin at: HCCM@liveoakuu.org 
 
SOCIAL ACTION PROJECT 
Postcards for Gun Reform
On October 20th Live Oak will participate with Austin Interfaith in signing pre-printed postcards that will be hand delivered to Senator John Cornyn's office. The postcards asks for enhancing background checks, restricting high-capacity magazines and passing a federal "red flag" law.

The postcards will be in the Fellowship Hall after both services.Carolyn Dower, socialaction@liveoakuu.org
   
 
Ancestor Labyrinth Walk
Saturday, October 26, 7:30 p.m
Join us on the labyrinth as we remember our ancestors and our beloved family, friends, and pets who have died. We will tell their stories and share our memories. Bring a drum and come in costume, if you'd like. This community walk is family friendly for all persons. Please gather at the labyrinth and bring something to sit on. We also invite you to bring finger food to share, and we'll provide drinks. For more information: labyrinth@liveoakuu.org 
 
2019 Fall Campout
Camping together is one of my favorite ways to Enrich Connections with fellow Live Oakers!  Read more  
 
Faith Development    
Here's what you need to know this week!

There is a current need for adults to help with the youth rally. We need overnight rovers, meal prep help, workshop leaders and help with setup and cleanup after the event. Please reach out to me if you can take one of these roles on.
Nursery/PreK can use your help. Are you willing to volunteer once a month for a worship service and RE time? Know someone who would like a paid position in our nursery? Please let Carrie know.
Middle School and High School are off to a great start so far! Middle School is working on creating a UUtopia using our principles as guiding values. Our High School group will consider service projects this Sunday as we talk about a possible service learning trip at the end of the year. Register to be added to the email list for families and the chat group for high school youth!
On Sunday morning, adults continue their discussion of the second principle: justice and compassion in human relations. New chalice circles can form if leaders step forward. Please consider this opportunity to learn together. For more information about chalice circles or other adult learning, please visit the  Learning  pages of the website.

Are you a new member of Live Oak? Consider joining our newly forming Acorn Chalice Circle. You can read more about it   here, including the link to sign up for the groups. The dates and times for the meeting will be determined as the group forms. The goal is to offer these six-session groups three times during the year, so if the first group fills or the timing doesn't work for you this fall, we will keep your name on the list for the next offering.
Please consider how you can help in faith development across the ages this year by contacting Carrie Krause. Let's grow our base of adults sharing the journey with our children, youth, and adults. Many hands make light work and allow for a richer experience for all involved.
 
??? - Contact Carrie Krause, dlfd@liveoakuu.org
 
In the Community
Climate Emergency Townhall- Local Action Starting in Your Neighborhood
October 20, 2019 2 PM-3:30 PM 
St. Andrews Presbyterian-14311 Wells Port Drive  
Find out how to take action from two of Austin's key environmental leaders, Brigid Shea and Brandi Clark Burton. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.   Admittance is free and all are welcome. 
 
Paths to Compassionate Cultural Care for Aging LBGTQ+  
Tuesday, October 29th at First Baptist Church in downtown Austin 
All-day workshop, panel discussion, and viewing of the documentary film "Gen Silent". We will be discussing issues faced by older LGBT adults and the resources available to them as well as facilitate an open discussion about how to best support older LGBTQ+ adults as they age. More information  
 
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Upcoming events at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center:
 
Men's Retreat October 25-27 
    
For more information on all events and to register, visit www.ubaru.org and look under "events."
 
The deadline for the weekly e-newsletter and the Sunday announcements is midnight on Tuesday.  The submission form can be found here
If you have any questions or comments about this Newsletter please email: editor@liveoakuu.org